hurt, it's hard to know where to go, because you have the option of the emergency room, but you have the option of urgent care clinics that often can offer almost the same level of care with a lot less crowding and a lot less expense to you. so, how do you decide if you're having an emergency, where you should go? the best rule of thumb really is to decide for yourself, do i have a life-threatening emergency? if you feel like it's life- threatening, go to the emergency room. by serious emergency, we mean sudden change in your status. you were walking before, now you can't walk. were talking before, now you're having difficulty speaking. those are emergencies. others are chest pain, stroke symptoms, difficulty breathing, any type of a major cut or major burn, all of those need to be seen in the emergency room. if you do not feel like your injury is serious, but you do need immediate care, that's when you might want to try an urgent care center.